Deng Nan, vice-minister of science and technology has stated that China will continue to inject capital into research and development of nanotechnology, a major basic research field that officials believe needs strong government backing.

"In the national plan, which we are now mapping, we have made a decision to mobilize national research forces to reach some breakthroughs," Deng said at a conference. The new committee, a branch under the China National Accreditation Board for Laboratories, is responsible for laboratory accreditation of nano-tech research and nano-tech products. To further promote research in the field, the National Centre for Nanotechnology Thursday recruited four leading researchers, including Jiang Lei with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), as chief scientists. The centre was founded last year with multi-million dollars investment from the government.

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